Burnout is more than just a bad day at work. It is a serious condition that has seen a sharp increase in the contemporary era, but it is still often ignored at a sufferer’s own peril. Symptoms include extreme exhaustion and stress, apathy and lack of motivation, and a dip in work performance. As prevention is usually better than a cure, we have compiled a list of tips you can use to prevent burnout. These tips will also help if you are already suffering from burnout, as long as you address it sooner rather than later.
- The most important tip to manage burnout is to manage stress. This component encompasses all the tips below and is essential to your wellbeing.
- One way to manage stress and burnout is to manage your workflow more efficiently. By managing your workflow, you can reduce stress that may arise from disorganised tasks and work overload.
- It is important to set aside some time for breaks each day. Excluding your lunch break, you need to take quick breaks throughout the day to de-stress and regain your focus if you’ve lost it. You don’t even have to leave your desk – just take your eyes of your screen for a few minutes and do some stretches. You’ll start feeling the positive effects almost immediately.
- You also need to maintain a healthy work-life balance. If your work consumes most / all of your time and you have little time for recreational activities, you’ll burn out very quickly. You need some personal time to unwind and relax outside of work, otherwise your will become stressed and this will eventually lead to burnout.
- Take paid leave every once in a while to do something you’ve always wanted to do, or just relax at home with a good book (and switch off your phone!).
- A big cause of burnout is that people often just don’t have the knowledge or skills to cope with their workloads. You can’t always reduce your workload, but you can increase your ability to handle it. This is way it is important to upskill yourself to get those much-needed skills to help you manage your work. Not only will this reduce the risk of burnout, it can also have more directly positive effects like improved job performance, which in turn may increase your standing with the company you work for.
Preventing or treating burnout is essential to every professional’s wellbeing. Equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills to tackle this problem will ensure a long and happy career. C&L Skills Management has a wide variety of professional courses and short courses on offer that can help you upskill and reduce the stress of your job’s requirements. We specialise in the upskilling and training of individuals, as well as delivering organisation-specific development programmes. All our courses are SETA-accredited and registered, and we have dedicated learner support systems and quality content delivery systems.
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